ENERGY PUNISHMENT TAX; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 74
(House of Representatives - May 14, 2009)

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                         ENERGY PUNISHMENT TAX

  (Mr. POE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute.)
  Mr. POE of Texas. Madam Speaker, somewhere in the prohibited, cold 
corridors of the darkened back rooms of this castle, the Capitol, in 
places unknown, unseen, and unheard of by the public, the new Federal 
taxcrats are carefully crafting the energy punishment tax.
  This $646 billion tax is aimed at punishing Americans and businesses 
for using any type of energy. The idea is we should not only feel 
guilty for using energy, we should pay for our energy sins by being 
taxed on consumption.
  So the taxcrats are going to double the cost of natural gas and home 
heating oil by taxing the use of it. Use natural gas or home heating 
oil in your home to keep warm in the winter, you're going to be hit 
with the keeping warm tax.
  Electricity costs are going to increase by 73 percent; so be careful 
about turning on the AC. It's going to cost you more with the keeping 
cool tax.
  Taxes on gasoline will go up 50 percent. Don't drive your car unless 
you want to pay the new driving tax.
  Americans are taxed enough already. The government should not tax us 
back to a Stone Age existence with the new absurd energy punishment 
  And that's just the way it is.